01 Oct

Domain Name SALE (70% OFF) – .melbourne & .sydney

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Over the month of October, the ‘Melbourne Festival’ will take-over the city of Melbourne.  The Melbourne Festival exists to use the transformational nature of the arts, culture and creativity to bring about positive change for individuals, communities, and the spaces in which they live.  In parallel, Sydney will savour ‘The Good Food Month’ with the tastiest, most popular eats at the Sydney Night Noodle Markets.  You’d be dumb-pling not to put this one in your calendar.

To celebrate the ‘Melbourne Festival’ and ‘The Good Food Month’, we are offering a HUGE 70% sale off the yearly price of the .melbourne & .sydney domain names!  The price has been slashed down from $75 per year to a one-month, limited time offer of just $20 per year.  Once you sign up to this offer (the domain name must be registered in October, 2016) the price will be locked in for the duration of your registration (maximum 10 years).

At this price, you won’t find these domain names cheaper on the market without product limitations as bitland will never charge ICANN or brokerage fees.

To view the Program Guide and details of the event, visit the Melbourne Festival website at www.festival.melbourne.

The full Sydney program for The Good Food Month can be found at www.goodfoodmonth.com.

 

Please note, the following promotional terms:

  • Maximum registration period of 10 years.
  • Promotion ends 31st October 2016.
  • New registrations only, does not include renewal, transfers or redemption restore of the .melbourne and .sydney extensions.
  • Excludes domain names classed as premium by the registry.
  • Prices quoted in AUD and includes GST.
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26 Sep

Support Hours – Long Weekend (AFL Grand Final Day)

Great news! Whilst you enjoy your AFL Grand Final Day off, our support team will continue to work around the clock this Friday 30th September 2016. New orders will continue to processed and all servers will continue to be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For sales and billing inquiries (or if you want to keep us updated with the score) please e-mail contactus@bitland.com.au.
For all support related inquiries please e-mail support@bitland.com.au or log a new support ticket in BITPORTAL.

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24 Jun

5 Essential factors to consider when choosing a web host

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You actually understand what web hosting is. The hard part is over right? Well, I’m sorry to disappoint but selecting the right web host provider is the real tricky part. Selecting the wrong one can get many businesses into trouble.

This can be a stressful time but there’s no need to shave your head and take time out from your music career. Have a read of our essential checklist for the right web host.

 

The Tech Support You Need

Your website is one of your business’ most valuable assets. So when there’s an issue you’ll want it fixed. Fast. Excellent customer support should consist of expert knowledge and availability. Can they really be reached 24/7? Will you be speaking to a real person?  And will they actually be able to help? A website that is down for even a few hours can considerably impact your business’s revenue. That’s why its crucial the customer support is excellent.

 

Consider Special Features

It can be hard to identify the good from the bad because there are so many competitors out there.  One way to sort providers is comparing the special features they offer. These extras could include free sub-domains, multiple data centers, email accounts and regular data backups. Web host providers can offer more than just hosting. Have a more thorough look at each one and just keep in mind – will this actually benefit my business?

However, when looking at these features be aware that some providers may offer…

 

Unrealistic Services

Sometimes a flashy website is just that. Web host’s can make all kinds of claims to attract your business. In some cases, what they advertise is not what they offer. A popular one is ‘unlimited storage’. I hate to break it to you, but there’s no such thing as an infinite amount of storage. Make sure you read their Terms of Service to ensure you will get what you pay for.

 

Will the Control Panel be your new best friend?

Whether you’re a tech wiz or terrified novice, you will need to manage some aspects of your website. This could include setting up email accounts, integrating third party software or analysing your site’s performance.  With this in mind it’s important that the web host provider you chose offers the right control panel. Are they using cPanel? Plesk? Does this mean the control panel is user friendly? Or is it cluttered with annoying advertisements. Is the panel’s security up to date?

Much like the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle or a curious toddler, its important to ask yourself lots of questions when browsing. Another one to consider is…

 

Will it Accommodate Your Business’s Growth?

You don’t start a business with the aim of staying small.  Choosing a web host provider that will accommodate your needs overtime is important.  How much traffic will your site generate in 2 years time? What added content will it be generating? Your web host may not offer enough bandwidth to accommodate your future growth. Look into whether you can increase your bandwidth from your current plan.

 

Now that you’ve read our guide hopefully your blonde locks are in tact. Selecting the right web host is not easy but well worth the effort in the long term. What other elements are important to you when choosing a web host? Let us know in the comments below!

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17 Jun

We’ve just launched our new email templates!

You asked and we listened. As of today, we are happy to announce that we have completed the roll-out of our brand new email templates. Just as you suggested, we also felt that our old templates were not as clear as they should be.

Clear & simple communication is something that we strive for everyday at bitland.

We already know how confusing Web Hosting can be (check out our simple explanation of Web Hosting), so we have made our new email templates as clear and simple as possible. Take a look at the new format below!

Our new email template

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bitland’s new email template

 

We know you will love our new templates as much we do and we appreciate your feedback. As always, we would love to hear to your thoughts on how we can make your web hosting experience as easy and beneficial as possible. Is your current Web Host listening to your feedback?

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26 May

Why version 56 of cPanel benefits your website

In April 2016, cPanel pushed version 56 of the famous cPanel Portal to the current tier, and started on what is to be included in version 58.  For bitland’s customers, the great news is that they are already enjoying the latest stability fixes and security patches included as part of version 56. For a list of all fixes included in this version, see the official 56 Change Log published by cPanel.

Unlike many other big name Web Hosting providers, we take pride in ensuring our platform is stable, secure and at the current version. After recently migrating to bitland hosting, Bahsel (Director at ATG Clothing) commented,

I was getting increasingly concerned as my current Web Hosting provider was failing to keep their servers up to date. They are currently running cPanel 11.52.6 (build 0) as you can see in the screenshot below. This was of major concern to me.

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Older version of cPanel on other Web Hosting provider

11.52.6 is now 2 major fixes behind which means there could be major security vulnerabilities in this outdated version.

For bitland’s customers, this upgrade service is at no extra cost. bitland is now planning another cPanel upgrade from version 56 to version 58, ensuring our customers receive the best possible end user experience. Is your Web Hosting provider on cPanel version 56?

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11 May

ATG Clothing transfers to bitland for Ad-Free, Australian Web Hosting

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If a control panel (cPanel) full of cluttered, annoying advertisement is part of your daily web hosting experience, then you will truly appreciate our clean ad-free cPanel portal. ATG Clothing (Attain Those Gains Clothing – www.atgclothing.com) staff were fed up with constantly having to navigate around advertisements in their cPanel portal whilst trying to run their online shop. ATGC contacted bitland for assistance to transfer their website, which was completed with absolutely no outage to their online shop.

Bahsel (Director at ATG Clothing) commented on the experience,

bitland has been outstanding in assisting us with transferring our website. We were fed up with constant advertising in our previous cPanel portal, which always seemed to get in our way.

Bahsel also mentioned that his previous web hosting provider had made false claims on their website – one being the offer of the Latest version of cPanel which was not true. Since moving to bitland, ATG Clothing are now enjoying the latest version of cPanel (version 56.0), which provides some important security fixes and robustness updates.

Bahsel was also concerned with the uncertainty of where his online shop data was stored. Statements such as Most of our servers reside in… and …with some residing in other locations caused serious concern to Bahsel’s business. Bahsel further commented,

bitland’s promise of truly Australian Web Hosting brings our business great comfort in knowing our data is protected. We even got to choose where in Australia our data would be stored.

ATG Clothing are now enjoying an ad-free version of cPanel, hosted locally in Melbourne, Australia. And to top if off, the website transfer was (and still is) a free service offered by bitland.

bitland is a passionate supporter of Australian Small Business Entrepreneurship and wish ATG Clothing every success. Have you experienced annoying ads in your cPanel? Let us know in the comments below.

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07 May

bitland Web Hosting, explains Web Hosting in Australia

In an ever-increasing complex world, the world of Information Technology could do with a little simplification. Although Web Hosting is not a “new” technology, we believe there is some lost opportunity by not understanding how Web Hosting can help you. If you require online presence for your business, Web Hosting is an essential element to your success. Check out the Infographic below which simply explains Web Hosting.

Shoot us an email at contactus@bitland.com.au to take advantage of our limited free website and domain name transfer service!

 

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Infographic – What is web hosting?

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15 Mar

bitland Web Hosting, demystifying Web Hosting in Australia

Whether its trying to understand what the term Web Hosting really means, why you would give a domain a name or if you are trying to understand what the abbreviation SSL stands for (Secure Sockets Layer), we know that I.T can be an awfully confusing world. Over the next few weeks, we will be releasing our shiny new Infographics to help you understand what we do and how we can help you. After all, Web Hosting is our passion and we want you to join us on this journey. This week, our first Infographic represents what we are about. Stay tuned for our next Infographic which demystifies Web Hosting.

 

Infographic - What we can help you with

Infographic – What we can help you with.

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02 Feb

Seagate hit with class action lawsuit over defective hard drives

Consumers aren’t happy with the reliability of Seagate’s hard drives, filing a class-action lawsuit against the company in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleging that their hard drives “failed to live up to the advertised promises.”

The lawsuit specifically relates to Seagate’s 3TB hard drive models: the Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, or the Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive. Hagens Berman, the firm representing consumers against Seagate, claims that these drives “failed at exceptionally high rates, leaving consumers with broken hardware and significant loss of data.”

Source: Seagate hit with class action lawsuit over defective hard drives

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02 Feb

Google’s planning to deliver super-fast 5G Internet from solar-powered drones

Google’s been secretly trialling a drove of 5G Internet-compatible drones out in New Mexico that have the potential to transmit gigabits of data every second – that’s 40 times more data than the world’s fastest wireless services.

Codenamed Skybender, the project aims to take advantage of high frequency millimetre waves – a specific region on the electromagnetic spectrum that can theoretically transmit data far more efficiently than the frequencies our phones and wireless Internet have well and truly clogged up.

Source: Google’s planning to deliver super-fast 5G Internet from solar-powered drones

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